Boko Haram Activists Celebrate World Cup With Suicide Bombing

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

This may necessitate a new hashtag campaign.

At least seven people are dead after a suicide bomber triggered an explosion while football fans were watching the World Cup in Nigeria.

Staff at a hospital in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, expect the death toll to rise.

It is believed 15 people are critically injured and more casualties are being admitted to the hospital.

Boko Haram Islamic extremists have targeted football viewing areas and sports bars in recent weeks, killing at least 40 people in two blasts in northern cities.

Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started last night.

Nigeria’s military has promised increased security but appears incapable of halting a stream of attacks by extremists holding more than 250 schoolgirls hostage.

Police assistant superintendent Nathan Cheghan said rescue workers were being careful for fear of secondary explosions, often timed to kill people who rush to the scene of a bomb blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

We think it’s safe to conclude the Boko Haram monsters are behind it. NBC’s Richard Engel, meanwhile,  naively wonders aloud:

This might help Engel figure it out:

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